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polynuclear

[pol-ee-noo-klee-er, -nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-ler] /ˌpɒl iˈnu kli ər, -ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lər/
adjective
1.
having many nuclei.
Also, polynucleate
[pol-ee-noo-klee-it, -eyt, -nyoo-] /ˌpɒl iˈnu kli ɪt, -ˌeɪt, -ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of polynuclear
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80; poly- + nuclear
Pronunciation note
See nuclear.
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Examples from the Web for polynuclear
Historical Examples
  • The diminution is chiefly at the expense of the polynuclear cells.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • We cannot regard the perinuclear green granules, described by Neusser in the polynuclear cells, as pre-existing.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • The number of polynuclear leucocytes in the blood of the healthy adult amounts to about 70-72%, of the total white corpuscles.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • In triacid preparations the granulation is unstained, and the mast cells appear as clear, polynuclear cells, free from granules.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • In contradistinction to the polynuclear neutrophil elements, these mononuclear forms shew no amœboid movement on the warm stage.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • Here also the same process of ripening can be seen in the polynuclear eosinophil leucocytes.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • In considering the production of polynuclear eosinophilia we may best start from an experiment of E. Neusser's.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • This elimination of the granules is probably one of the most important functions of the polynuclear leucocytes.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • These polynuclear cells possess above all other elements the power of emigration.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • By eosinophilia we understand an increase only of the polynuclear eosinophil cells in the blood.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
British Dictionary definitions for polynuclear

polynuclear

/ˌpɒlɪˈnjuːklɪə/
adjective
1.
having many nuclei; multinuclear
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polynuclear in Medicine

polynuclear pol·y·nu·cle·ar (pŏl'ē-nōō'klē-ər, -nyōō'-) or pol·y·nu·cle·ate (-klē-ĭt) or pol·y·nu·cle·at·ed (-klē-ā'tĭd)
adj.
Multinuclear.

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